Dotted blazing star, Dotted gayfeather
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy
The erect, unbranched stems of this perennial
may be solitary
but are usually in clusters, 1-2 ft. tall.Several stems bear narrow, crowded heads with rose-lavender flowers arranged in slender wands. Numerous narrow leaves are crowded along the stem
as they intermingle with the tufted flowers. Disk flowers crowd together to form a lavender spike
encompassing the top third or half of the stem.
Rayless heads of purple flowers and slender, often plume-like bristles on the fruits generally identify this complex genus
of the East that barely extends into the West.
The species name punctata means dotted and refers to the speckled leaves.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Alt. to NM,
e. to MI, IA,
w. MO, AR
& TX; naturalized eastward Native Habitat:
Loess hills; prairies
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry CaCO3 Tolerance:
Low Soil Description:
Well-drained, sandy, calcareous soils. Conditions Comments:
A long taproot
makes this the most drought-tolerant of the gayfeathers. A bushier plant is formed if it is cut back or mowed during the growing season. This is a long-lived plant that is tolerant of alkaline soils.
This plant makes an excellent cut flower
and, if cut at the beginning of its bloom, will retain its purple color and make an excellent dry flower
for arrangements. Gay feather is also a good choice for container gardens.
Liatris spp. attract butterflies. Use Medicinal:
Pulverized roots eaten to improve appetite. Powdered entire
plant for tea for heart pains. Boiled root applied to swellings. Tea for stomachache, bladder and kidney problems. Conspicuous Flowers: